Christopher Nolan’s action-thriller “Dunkirk” has crossed the $300 million mark, the announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. One of the best-reviewed films of the year, “Dunkirk” stormed to the top of the domestic box office in its first two weekends in theatres, exceeding all early industry predictions. As of today, the film has earned an estimated $127 million and counting. The may even beat “The Dark Tower” at the Weekend Box Office this week.
On the international front, “Dunkirk” opened day-and-date in 46 markets, opening at #1 in such major markets as the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Spain, South Korea and Australia, with the United Kingdom scoring the biggest Warner Bros. opening in 2017. The film has since opened in an additional 17 markets for a total of 63 territories currently in release. “Dunkirk” has taken in more than $173 million thus far, with Italy, China and Japan yet to open.
“Dunkirk”—which Nolan shot utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film—also proved to be a big draw at IMAX theatres, where the large-format footage fills the enormous screens. The movie has earned an estimated $28.5 million domestically and $23 million internationally in IMAX theatres.
In the announcement, Kroll stated, “Christopher Nolan created an immersive and visceral movie-going experience that has captivated critics and audiences. Propelled by tremendous reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth, ‘Dunkirk’ has become a true event film in this very competitive summer, and we anticipate that it will continue to play well into the fall. It is a stunning achievement for one of today’s greatest filmmakers and we are thrilled by, and proud of, its ongoing success. We congratulate Chris and producer Emma Thomas, the entire ensemble cast, and everyone involved in the film on reaching this benchmark.”
The film opens as 400,000 Allied troops are trapped on the coast of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German army. Mostly young men, they had their whole lives ahead of them…but now their lives might only stretch as far as that strip of beach. With their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.
“Dunkirk” features a multigenerational ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. Nolan directed “Dunkirk” from his own screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer. The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.